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Bhakranagal Dam

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BHAKRA NANGAL DAM
Located at a distance of about 116 kms from Chandigarh, Bhakra Nangal dam is the world's highest straight gravity dam, constructed across the River Satluj. The hydroelectric station positioned here not just generates power for Chandigarh, but also for Delhi and other cities. The construction work of Bhakra Nangal dam began in 1948 and got completed in 1963. Read on to know more about Bhakra Nangal Dam near Chandigarh…

Chandigarh Bhakra Nangal dam led to the creation of Gobind Sagar, a 40 sq km reservoir. It has been named after the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh. A major attraction of the place is that there is an adequate provision for accommodation and restaurant over here. For tourists, boating facilities are also available. If you are searching for serenity, then the Gobind Sagar Lake at Bhakra is just the apt place for you. An added attraction is the underground tunnel that lies underneath the bed of river Sutlej.
The Bhakra-Nangal multipurpose project is among the earliest river valley development schemes undertaken by Independent India. The project was conceived long before India became a free nation and preliminary works had commenced in 1946. The work resumed and construction of the dam was started in the year 1948 and was completed by the end of year 1963. the scheme was completed in successive stages by the early 1970s.

Initially, the construction of the dam was started by Sir Louis Dane, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab. But the project got delayed and was restarted by the Late Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru on 17th November, 1955. The project was reoriented and phased soon after Independence. In October, 1963 at the ceremony to mark the dedication of the Bhakra –Nangal Project to the Nation, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said- “This dam has been built with the unrelenting toil of man for the benefit of mankind and therefore is worthy of worship. May you call it a Temple or a Gurdwara or a Mosque, it inspires our...

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